What should the next legislative priority be?

Posted on: Fri, 01/16/2004 - 6:09pm
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We still have a lot of work to do here in the U.S., but I predict that 2004 will be a watershed year in terms of food allergy legislation. We will see the passage of two critical pieces of legislation:

1) The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act [url="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c108:H.R.3684:"]http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c108:H.R.3684:[/url]

2) Asthmatic Schoolchildren's Treatment and Health Management Act of 2003 [url="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c108:H.R.2023:"]http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c108:H.R.2023:[/url]

So, naturally, one question that has been rattling around in my brain is...

[b]What should the next legislative priorities be in order to improve the lives of food allergic children?[/b]

After some thought, the key item that I would like to see movement on is the creation of a Federal set of guidelines for managing life threatening food allergies in schools. The Mass DOE document is an excellent starting point. I like the idea of a Federal approach in that it avoids each state creating their own approach, or worse yet, doing nothing.

[i]Do you endorse this as an important legislative priority?[/i]

[i]Are there any other key priorities that you think we need to be promoting?[/i]

Thanks in advance for your input!

[This message has been edited by Nutternomore (edited January 17, 2004).]

Posted on: Sat, 01/17/2004 - 5:26am
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Nutternomore, I agree, that should be the next step. Its ridiculous that each of us has to fight the battle with each school, on our own, with no guidelines or requirements set up.
I would also like to see them minimize the amount of may contain items. I see no reason why , say all the plain m&m's can't be run on a sep. line than the peanut ones. Like they dont make enough to run two lines?
I have a fear that with the new labeling law passed that more products will be labeled may contain to cover their a$$es.

Posted on: Sat, 01/17/2004 - 9:20am
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Hi Nutternomore,
I too think schools are the most important right now. However, we need to look at public venues such as ball parks, arenas, theaters, concert halls etc. The venues should at LEAST list/lable ingredients.
Another suggestion would be local ball parks that sell loose peanuts. My sons played t-ball on some Saturday mornings. When we got there, the bleacher area, dugout, and grass was covered in peanut shells. I did not find this on the weeknight games. (I know the residue is still there) Looks like a possible health violation to me (rats, bugs etc) and a possible charge for LITTERING.
J
While we are at it...how can we get rid of the powerful peanut lobbiest?
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Posted on: Sat, 01/17/2004 - 11:13am
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Nutternomore, thank you for raising this topic!!
Absolutely!!
A Federal set of guidelines for managing life threatening food allergies in schools is an important legislative priority that I would endorse. I agree with you that The Mass DOE document is an excellent starting point and I have used it as an example in our schools. Why must we "reinvent the wheel"??
Other key priorities that I think we need to be promoting are:
Restaurants
Airlines
Public venues: Stadiums, ball parks, arenas, theaters, concert halls
I do everything that I can to educate the public about life threatening food allergies and feel that together we can make a difference! Protecting the lives of food allergic children must continue to become a priority!

Posted on: Tue, 01/20/2004 - 1:55am
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Re-raising for additional feedback [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 01/20/2004 - 2:59am
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Quote:Originally posted by Nutternomore:
[b]We still have a lot of work to do here in the U.S., but I predict that 2004 will be a watershed year in terms of food allergy legislation. We will see the passage of two critical pieces of legislation:...............
2) Asthmatic Schoolchildren's Treatment and Health Management Act of 2003 [url="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c108:H.R.2023:"]http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c108:H.R.2023:[/url]
[/b]
Exerpt:
[i]"SEC. 4. SENSE OF CONGRESS REGARDING CDC'S STRATEGIES FOR ADDRESSING ASTHMA WITHIN A COORDINATED SCHOOL HEALTH PROGRAM.
(a) FINDINGS- The Congress finds as follows:
(1) Possession and administration of medication is only 1 component of asthma and anaphylaxis management.
(2) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified 6 strategies for addressing asthma within a coordinated school health program. These strategies consist of the following:
(A) Establishing management and support systems for asthma-friendly schools.
(B) Providing appropriate school health and mental health services for students with asthma.
(C) Providing asthma education and awareness programs for students and school staff.
(D) Providing a safe and healthy school environment to reduce asthma triggers.
(E) Providing safe, enjoyable physical education and activity opportunities for students with asthma.
(F) Coordinating school, family, and community efforts to better manage asthma symptoms and reduce school absences among students with asthma.
(3) Providing appropriate school health and mental health services for students with asthma includes the following:
(A) Obtaining a written asthma action plan for all students with asthma, which plan--
(i) should be developed by a primary care provider and provided by parents; and
(ii) should include individualized emergency protocol, medications, peak flow monitoring, environmental triggers, and emergency contact information.
(B) Sharing the plan with appropriate faculty and staff in accordance with guidelines under section 444 of the General Education Provisions Act (20 U.S.C. 1232g; commonly referred to as the `Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974') or with parental permission.
(C) Ensuring that--
(i) at all times students have options for immediate access to medications, as prescribed by a physician and approved by parents; and
(ii) specific options, such as allowing students to self-carry and self-administer medications, are determined on a case-by-case basis with input from the physician, parent, and school.
(D) Using standard emergency protocols for students in respiratory distress if they do not have their own asthma action plan.
(E) Ensuring that case management is provided for students with frequent school absences, school health office visits, emergency department visits, or hospitalizations due to asthma.
[b]*****************************************
(F) Providing a full-time registered nurse all day, every day for each school.
******************************************[/b]
(G) Ensuring access to a consulting physician for each school.
(H) Referring students without a primary care provider to child health insurance programs and providers.
(I) Providing and coordinating school-based counseling, psychological, and social services for students with asthma, as appropriate.
(J) Coordinating with community services.
(b) EXPRESSION OF SUPPORT- The Congress supports the goals and ideals of the strategies identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for addressing asthma within a coordinated school health program."[/i]
(bold and astericks added at sec. 4, part 3, subheading "(F)" by me)
[b]DID YA SEE IT DID YA SEE IT DID YA SEE IT?????!!!!!!!!!!!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img][/b]
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Posted on: Tue, 01/20/2004 - 3:05am
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Quote:Originally posted by MommaBear:
[b]
DID YA SEE IT DID YA SEE IT DID YA SEE IT?????!!!!!!!!!!!!
[/b]
[i]In addition to other items. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img][/i]

Posted on: Tue, 01/20/2004 - 3:09am
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[i]somebody [/i][b]PLEASE[/b] [i] give me permission to gloat.[/i] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 01/20/2004 - 4:43am
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Go ahead MB, gloat!
Nutternomore, I'm not in the States but I have to agree that a federal set of guidelines applicable to schools would be a great next step. As momma2boys aptly pointed out, it's crazy that we all have to tackle individual schools (and I say "we" because it'd be nice to have federal policy happen in Canada too).

Posted on: Tue, 01/20/2004 - 4:52am
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Gloat Mommabear,gloat.
Mommabear I noticed.
Someone pinch me I am not sure if this is a dream.
The tide has started to turn.
We have been marching around the walls for 7 days, now there crumbling down.
One small step for government, One giant leap
for parents everywhere!!!!
PS Thanks Nutternomore!!!!!!!!!!!
Ya gotta love this site
Synthia

Posted on: Tue, 01/20/2004 - 5:40am
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Quote:Originally posted by MommaBear:
[b]
"(G) Ensuring access to a consulting physician for each school."[/b]
Well would ya lookie that. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
[i]Multidisciplinary.[/i]
[b]DID YA SEE THAT????![/b]
WHOHOHOHO. [i]where is my "crystal ball" thread........[/i]

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